Are you caring for your aging mother? Has it been difficult? Maybe she is not the difficult one in the situation, but the process itself. If you’re like the growing number of people in the U.S. who identify as a family caregiver, you’re probably dealing with a lot of stress and strain in your life. If so, did you know that home care can help?
Most Americans immediately think about how home care would help the elderly senior in their life. Yet, it can be a tremendous benefit to the average family caregiver in this country, too.
How can home care help you?
The last thing you really want is to think about how something you might consider for your mother would help you. Doesn’t that sound selfish? When you say it out loud, that’s exactly what it can sound and feel like.
But it’s not selfish. It’s actually selfless.
How is it possible that considering home care for a senior in your life is selfless on your part?
Home care gives you time you need.
You have your own life. You are not meant to be a primary caregiver for an aging senior at this time. You might have a career and other responsibilities you’re still juggling. That can increase the levels of stress in your life.
If you’re not careful and don’t take better care of yourself, you could find yourself in a tough situation where you are not able to support the senior or anything else in your life. That can lead to burnout and that can lead to mistakes, mishaps, accidents, and a lack of focus.
What could happen then? You could be hurt. Someone you care about could become hurt. The senior could become hurt. So, you see, making time for yourself isn’t about being selfish, but rather seeing the potential long-term mistakes that could happen before they might happen.
Home care helps your health.
When you’re under tremendous stress and strain as a family caregiver, your health is being impacted. Usually negatively. Don’t think it isn’t.
Just because you may feel okay at the moment doesn’t mean you are. Stress can infiltrate every aspect of your life, from your emotional well-being to the physical.
Did you know that increased stress can lead to an increased risk of a large number of health issues? Heart attack, stroke, hypertension, poor sleep, and so much more. If you don’t take care of yourself while you’re in your 40’s or 50’s or even your 60’s, guess what? You might be facing some serious medical and health challenges yourself before long.
Then who is going to support that senior in your life? Who is going to support you?
Home care can be a huge asset for seniors, without question. For the average family caregiver, it can also offer them a tremendous benefit. Maybe you never thought of home care as being beneficial for you or, if you did, thought it was selfish. We now hope you see it as not being selfish but selfless.